Provo, UT –
Have you met BYU’s thing one and thing two?
Well, Evansville found out who they were Tuesday night at the Marriott Center as No. 14 BYU rolled past the Purple Aces 96-55.
There is no argument that Jaxson Robinson (Thing one) and Noah Waterman (Thing two) have been the best players for BYU (8-0) men’s basketball through eight games of the 2023-24 season.
Robinson scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field (54%), and shot 44% from 3-point range. The Junior from Ada, OK has been on a tare this season shooting just a little over 47%.
Noah Waterman added to the mix as well contributing 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Evansville had a first half 7-0 run of their own that cut into BYU’s lead making it single digits.
Yacine Toumi led the Purple Aces scoring with 13 points to go along with seven rebounds. Toumi was in foul trouble most the game with four.
Trevin Knell, who is BYU’s third leading scorer, did a little bit everything on Tuesday night dropping 13 points, while adding seven rebounds and five assist. Knell had a very efficient shooting night from 3-point range going 3-of-5 from downtown.
Mark Pope had made it known that the standard for this roster is going to shoot 30 threes each game. Out of the eight games the Cougars’ have played in the team has missed that standard only three times (San Diego State, Morgan State, and Fresno State).
BYU improves to 8-0, and remains undefeated. The last team started 8-0 dates back to the 2010-2011 season with Jimmer Fredette. That team went 10-0 into losing to UCLA.
The Cougars will now turn their attention to what is most likely the biggest non-conference on their schedule, the Utah Utes.
Saturday’s match-up on December 9th is scheduled for 5pm MT at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game will be live on the Pac-12 network.